My Quick Thoughts on Shulk in Super Smash Bros

Yesterday was a crazy day for Nintendo fans. Between the new handhelds and the Amiibos, the house of Mario was going nuts with a ton of announcements both exciting and controversial. With the latest announcement about Super Smash Bros, I guess it hits somewhere in the middle of those 2. It’s exciting because Smash fans get a new character and Xenoblade fans have gotten what they wanted. It’s controversial because just last week, we had a big leak that I guess can be considered real now. (A retraction has already been posted to my previous post on the Super Smash Bros leak).

But yes, to the surprise of just about no one and the excited of just about everybody, Shulk of the popular Wii game Xenoblade Chronicles is the latest addition to the Smash Bros roster. He is now #38 in our ever-growing list of fighters.

You know, I like this announcement a lot more than I thought I would. I knew dang well that Shulk was going to be announced some time. He was leaked by both Gematsu and by 4Chan, and he was one of the most requested first-party characters ever. I really didn’t care before since I never played a Xenoblade game before. But when I finally saw the trailer, I was singing a different tune.

This guy is a beast! No joke, He has this awesome sword thing called the Monando that can just launch a motherfucker. His counter ability is just devastating. Don’t even get me started on his range. Yikes! He can definitely hit you from a good distance. Yeah he’ll do just fine.

I do like his moveset, and his trailer. But my thoughts were very limited. So I took the video to my little brother to get another opinion. He, like me, has never played a Xenoblade game, but is excited for the new Smash Bros. His response was that while he does like the character, he feels that he’ll be a bit overpowered in the game.

I do doubt that Shulk will be overpowered when the game is finally released, but I will agree with him on the fact that the trailer made him seem that way. Just a small nitpick. Overall, I’m pretty happy to see Shulk finally get announced. I believe there are Xenoblade fans that were very happy yesterday (before they heard about Chronicles being New 3DS exclusive).

I’ll close this out with one more thing. It appears that Gematsu’s tack record is near flawless. The only thing they get wrong so far was Chrom being playable. Chrom is technically in the game, though. That’s still about a 94%, which is still an A. With that said, there is just one character left on the Gematsu list: Chorus Men from Rhythm Heaven. So what do I think about his/their chances? It’s very likely. The thing about them is that I can just as easily see him/them as assist trophies. And given Chrom, it’s likely Shulk was it for Gematsu. The way people are describing them, I think it would be interesting. I won’t hold my breath or anything, but it is seeming very likely. We can at least be assured that he/they are in the game somewhere. That’s one thing they have always gotten right.

That’s it for me. What do you guys think of Shulk’s inclusion? Are you surpised at all? Do you like the character trailer? Are you excited at all for the new Smash Bros game? And what are your thoughts on what this means for the Chorus Men? Let me know in the comments.

I’m SBox180. Thanks for reading!


SBox Soapbox: What I Want From a New Crash Bandicoot Game

The reason I play video games is because of Crash Bandicoot. More primarily, Crash Bandicoot 2 is the reason I play video games. It was the first game I have ever played back when I was just 2 years old. Because of that game, I would stand here today a 17 year old gamer, whose love of gaming would leak into his actual life, the friends he would end up making, the games he would end up playing, the skills he would end up wielding, and the passion he would end up expressing on a blog such as this. It doesn’t take long to find out I’m a gamer if you talk to me, and this is the game that started it all.

For those of you unaware, Crash Bandicoot is a series of 3D platformers. Not just any platformer, though. This was one of the first, and one of the first to get it right. Continue reading SBox Soapbox: What I Want From a New Crash Bandicoot Game

A Quick Update (8/29/14): 200 views

Greetings peeps!

So listen, I’ve been working on a post all week, but things seem to always come up when I’m about to write. But I’ve had some news early this week. It’s kind of old news now, but it was my intention to place this news within the new post. I’m decided to just get this news out in the open already and away from the post. It deserves it’s own post anyway.

I want to give my gratitude to you guys really quick, because I reached 200 views on Sunday. After I posted the 100 View special a couple weeks ago, I thought it would be a while before I’d be reaching a new milestone. Lo and behold, I got double the views about 2 weeks time. As always, I would like to thank anybody who has even considered reading my work. I would’ve never thought I’d get this far in such a short time. I promise you all that I will work to be worth your time in future.

Update (8/23/14): The Transition, School, Reviews and Whatnot

Greetings peeps!

Good to see you all again. It’s funny. I’m so used to being on WordPress and on my blog almost every day even though it’s been a month. Now that we have that new schedule, and now that I’m back in school, I feel like I’ve been away too long.

Anyway, I am in my senior year of high school now, which means I now post a minimum of 1 post per week. It’s going well. Best part of senior year is that most days I get out earlier than before. My classes are interesting and easy-going. All I have to do is get ready for college. But enough about me.

First order of business, Last week was a pretty standard example of what the rest of the year is going to look like. I made technically 3 posts last week: The update, my Supernatural predictions, and my Smash Bros roster thoughts. Let me assure you that when I say I’ll get 1 post per week, it doesn’t mean there will always be 1 post every week. I’ll get a blog post up any time I can afford to. So it could be 1, it could be 3, it could be more. All I mean by the minimum of 1 is that I will always give you at least an update post every week. Some weeks I’ll only be able to give the update until I get some more time, but the purpose of the update is to let you know when that happens.

But overall, this seems to be the schedule that will work for me for now on. I had accomplished more than I thought I would last week, so I’m gonna stick with it.

Next order of business is the review I promised. I’ll be lying if I told you I have written anything down. My intention was to start writing the review middle of last week. Along comes that Smash Bros leak, and that took priority. So, I appreciate your patience with that review. I promise to you guys that either I get a review of Guardians of the Galaxy posted sometime soon, or it’ll be a review of something else. I have several candidates for reviews, but I want to see what I’m doing with Guardians first. I’ll probably have to see the movie one more time in order to refresh myself on what happened, but that won’t be a problem if it comes to that. Either way, I have a good memory for that kind of thing. I think I can do this, and I’m aiming for this week (no promises).

So, what’s coming in the future? Well after seeing Guardians last weekend, I want to in addition to the review, make another post discussing Guardians. Other than that, I really don’t have too many ideas at the moment. But that’s kind of how I role with this blog. Every post I made comes either from a piece of news or an occurrence that happened to me that day. I just go with the flow, and that’s how I make my posts. Rest assured, I will be posting something this week.

That’s it from me today. I want to thank all of you for sticking with me during this time of change. Hopefully we can all get in a groove of things after a couple of weeks. I may be slowing down for a while, but I’m not quitting anytime soon. Besides, I almost have 200 views on this blog. I may have to plan something special for that day.

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SBox Soapbox: Is the Super Smash Bros. Roster Leak Real?

(Update: This article was made before the release of the leaked gameplay footage on YouTube and the announcement of Shulk on August 29. This is not only out of date, it is incorrect.)


Half the fun of a new Super Smash Bros game actually occurs before the game even comes out. In the 2 years since Super Smash Bros for 3DS and Wii U was announced, fans such as you and I have been speculating about the roster. We’ve been arguing, debating, predicting, and hoping for so long now which Nintendo icons will appear in this installment of Smash Bros. Well, the game is mere months away, so now is a good time for leaks like this to hit the web and spread just one more ounce of chaos in the community.

From the people who brought you popular Internet memes and the most notorious incidents on the Internet. 4Chan has supposedly leaked the Super Smash Bros 4 roster.

This picture seems to be of the 3DS version of the game and is said to be captured by an ESRB insider. The roster reveals several veterans of the series (Ness, Ganondorf, Falco, Wario, Jigglypuff, Dark Pit, Mr. Game and Watch, ROB and Dr. Mario) and some unannounced newcomers (Shulk, Bowser Jr, Dark Pit and Duck Hunt Dog). It also insists that the game will have DLC for later release (Lucas, Wolf, Snake, Ice Climbers and Chorus Men).

This leak has caught fire in the past day due to how real it looks. It looks like the real deal and just might be. All characters make sense to exist in the game, and boxes fit seamlessly. People are currently debating, with very sound arguments for it’s legitimacy. This is extremely debatable, but I am here today to give you my thoughts on these images and info.

Is it real? I’m going to say no. But let’s figure this out together.

Game & Watch’s arm

This one was the straw that broke the camel’s back for me. I thought this was extremely real at first until I took a closer look. If you look at the top right of the main roster, you will see that Mr. Game & Watch is playable with Wario to his immediate left. Now that’s not the strange part. Notice how Mr. Game & Watch’s hand seems to be hovering over Wario’s slot image. That to me gave it away a bit for me.

You could look at that and think differently, though. Because of the image quality, that could also be a bit of Wario’s jacket in a very unfortunate spot. Personally, I see the hand. That leaves me with 4 theories.

  1. That is a Photoshop or other photo editing software mistake that was overlooked. In the case of Photoshop, they most likely forgot to place the image tab beneath the boundaries of the square, making Game & Watch stand out.
  2. That is indeed just a part of Wario’s jacket coincidentally placed where it can be confused for Game & Watch’s hand.
  3. This is just a bug left in the game itself that Sakurai and Nintendo forgot to fix.
  4. Mr. Game & Watch clearly doesn’t respect other people’s personal boundaries.

That leaves us at a 50/50 scenario. I will admit I could be very wrong about this observation, but I can’t be the only one who sees this. It’s a bit too coincidental.

This can’t be everybody

I know, I know. This game could have 46 characters or 146 characters and people will still complain about how their favorite character didn’t make the cut. I get that. But looking at what was shown, I think there is something off.

The returning veterans I understand- Ganondorf, Ness, etc. They all work. I have a bone to pick though with 2 characters that aren’t here: Ridley and Mewtwo. Bare with me here. This isn’t just me being sour. Personally, I can live with those two not being in the game if it turns out to be true. I’m just looking at Sakurai’s track record, and seeing things not add up.

Let’s start with Ridley. The immediate argument among this very split debate is that Ridley could never have been an option to begin with. I would agree with you on some parts, but let’s rewind back to April. There’s a big Nintendo Direct and tons of information are flying at us. In the middle of the Direct, they discuss stage bosses and particularly point out the Yellow Devil in the Dr. Whily Castle stage. he then states that “There will be other boss appearances”. Along comes an image that is no doubt Ridley’s shadow, and the internet goes crazy.

If Ridley was just a stage hazard in the game, why wouldn’t Sakurai have just spit it out already. I get the concept of trolling, but everything Sakurai says and shows is always so carefully said, and meticulously implemented. In that same Direct, he showed a trophy of a Possessed Pauletina, only for her to be announced 2 months later. In Smash’s debut, Toon Link was in the background of the Spirit Train, only for him to be announced a couple months later. You see the pattern here.

Sakurai always flat-out states what purpose a character serves once they are brought up by name. He doesn;t dance around it. Ridley was not only never discussed by name, but teased with the wording of “appearance” in order to throw people off. Therefore, I deduce that Ridley is playable… or an assist trophy I guess.

Then there is Mewtwo. Mewtwo is a shoe-in for the game, and no one denies it. He’s very popular, and fans have arguably demanded Mewtwo’s presence more than any other character. Sakurai knows dang well that people want Mewtwo in the game. Sakurai has made it a very careful priority to avoid discussion of Mewtwo. And the fact he is holding this information in for so long has to mean something.

This roster does acknowledge the possibility of Melee returns, but we’ll get to that later.

Other design coincidences

The most questionable part of the roster is not just the characters, but also the placement of the characters.

If you notice the selection screen of the past Super Smash Bros games, all of the characters were arranged by franchise. The Mario characters were all grouped together, as were the characters from Fire Emblem, Zelda, Pokemon and so on. That has always been the case, but this image scatter quite a few of them.

Let’s take a closer look.

A good number of characters are out of order. Mario characters are all across the top in this image, but Dr. Mario is all the way toward the bottom. In fact, Game & Watch and Dr. Mario should’ve switched places. Yoshi and Wario are also technically representing their own franchises just as Donkey Kong is. That also makes Yoshi’s placement off since Rosalina and Bowser Jr. are Mario characters.

Dark Pit and Lucina are also out of place with Dr. Mario. I’ve heard theories that the reason those 3 are grouped together is because they’re all clone characters. That would make some sense if not for the fact that Toon Link is seen with the Zelda characters as he should be. Toon Link is a clone, too.

Not only that, the designs of some of the newcomers is a bit fake looking. A quick Google Image search can show the models of characters like Dr. Mario and Ness. Dark Pit himself looks like Pit’s model inverted.


DLC is a touchy subject when it comes to Super Smash Bros. It is neither denied or confirmed by Nintendo, and fans seem to have very positive or negative feelings towards DLC. According to this leak, DLC is not only going to be a thing with this game. It is aso going to include some Brawl veterans.

That’s all fine and good, but the choice of DLC characters are fishy. I can buy that Lucas (sadly), Chorrus Men and Wolf are DLC to a certain degree. That’s 2 semi-clones and a newcomer. I don’t buy the Ice Climber and Snake being DLC.

The Ice Climbers are fan favorites and staples of the series. You can argue that the twins are kinda hard to program on 3DS, but that doesn’t explain Olimar or Rosalina being there from the get-go.

As for Snake, he is a third-party character. I doubt that Nintendo would strike a deal with Konami for the rights to Snake, and have him not present in the game from the start. And I can’t even believe that Sakurai and Kojima struck this deal late enough to make him DLC; not when Sonic was announced so early.

Where this all comes from

Imagine you were the leaker. You just got your hands on this information, you take those pictures and you are determined to get this info out to the world. Where would you place such information so that the word can spread and be considered legitimate? I don’t know. How about 4Chan? Because the prank capital of the web is the best possible location for official information to be posted and be expected to have credibility.

I believe there are far better places to post these images. Grant it, I still wouldn’t believe it, but it would be less suspicious on a site like NeoGAF or something. Hell, sending a tip to Gematsu would’ve been one of the best calls.

So, that’s my take on the Super Smash Bro for 3DS leak. Like I said, I could definitely be wrong. I just personally doubt its credibility. I will give whoever made this credit on the detail. At the end of the day, if this really is the roster, would I be happy with it? I’d be a bit disappointed in some respects, but I’d be satisfied.

What do you guys think? Do you think this roster legit or not? Are you satisfied by the characters shown? Let me know, and we can speculate together.

I’m SBox180. Thanks for reading!

SBox Soapbox: Supernatural Season 10 Predictions

Supernatural is going on 10 seasons already. Feels like only half of that at this time, but we’re about to go on our 10th year with the Winchester brothers October 7. I’m absolutely excited to see where the hell they go from that crazy cliffhanger back in Season 9. We have a lot to look forward to from the answers to questions, to the 200th episode, to the debut of a new character.

I feel it necessary to look at what we know now and make some predictions as to what Season 10 will provide. With the recent reveals shown especially at Comic Con, I think there’s plenty to discuss.

Just as a word of warning: This contains spoilers. I implore you that if you have not watched up to Season 9’s finale, start catching up as soon as possible, and don’t come back to this post until you do. And get on the show if you haven’t already! This is a show I’d recommend to anybody. But just to be clear, there will be spoilers in this discussion. You’ve been warned.

The way we’ll go about this is to dissect plot-points we are currently left pondering over, one-by-one.

Sam’s new bounty

It’s a Supernatural tradition for one of the brothers to be left searching for the other, saving the other, worrying about the other, or avenging the other. This season is Dean’s turn, who we’ll get to later. There is a major difference this time around, because from what we know so far, we’re going to not be seeing the two together for a long-while. I’m guessing it’ll take up half the season, perhaps even 3/4.

A lot of the season is going to be just Sam trying to change Dean back to normal, while also having to fight against him; he is a demon now after all. This will probably be the most difficult rescue ever. The status quo for taking care of demons is to exorcise them. That’s kind of hard to do now when Dean now IS the demon. We only once saw proof that you can cure a demon when in Season 8 they almost made Crowley human. That’s why we had Crowley addicted to human blood last season. But even that wasn’t easy.

That’s why this time we are going to find Sam in a position of lonely obsession. We saw last season that Sam took a very harsh stance on their relationship, practically even saying they now work as partners and not brothers. It will be an interesting turn in character to see Sam eat his words and swallow his pride as he goes all out to save his borther (again).

Actually when you think about it, Dean has saved Sam more than a dozen times, but Sam would only try to do so. Dean would get himself out of his own situations with the exception of when Castiel plucked him out of hell. Sam tried to save Dean out of hell, but no one would deal with him. And once Dean went to Purgatory, Sam kind of gave up and retired. You can make the argument that in the Season 5 finale, Sam managed to take control of himself while possessed by Lucifer, and saved Dean before Lucifer can make the killing blow. You can also argue that the 2 saved each other plenty of times just on the job.

However, in terms of end of season experiences, this will be the first time Sam saves Dean, if he can even do that.

Despicable Dean

This was the most shocking part of the season finale. Dean Winchester, one of the most notorious demon hunters in the world, now is a demon converted by the mark of Cain.

According to what we’re told, the Dean we’ll be seeing is pretty much similar to soulless Sam. The only differences are that Dean’s more powerful, more evil, and more angry. Jensen Ackles (who plays Dean) has stated in an interview that in the first few days of shooting the season, he had already been in four fist-fights. Dean ain’t playing around this season. It’s also established that Dean will naturally develop a stronger relationship with Crowley. For the most part, though, he’s flying solo.

What will he be doing. Well Jeremy Carver specifically pointed out karaoke. His character this season was basically summed up by Ackles as “a lot of physicality, a lot of booze, a lot of babes”. You know, basically Dean in a nutshell. I suspect there will be some alternate purpose for Dean. I’m not too sure what he’ll be doing on Earth as hell ain’t a good place to be even for demons. Will he take up a hobby? I hear tormenting the innocent is quite a popular activity among demons. It would be interesting and disturbing to see Dean become the very thing he hunted.

The only catch to my theory lies on how they handle the demonic Dean. Is it a case where Dean’s human side is killed entirely and he pretty much is full demon, or is the human side resurrected with the demon side? I’m going with the prior option, because of the description given.

It’s a theory that Dean may never be fully human again. He’ll probably reunite with Sam and the team with his new demon powers. In fact this is a theory made by some members of the cast. I do kinda like that idea, but doubt at this point that that’s the direction they’ll end up going with.

Amazing Grace

Last we saw of Castiel he just overthrew Metatron, stopped his ploy of becoming the new God, recovered the angel tablet, and regained a position as leader of the angels. Now all Cas has to do is reopen the gates of heaven and restore peace in heaven. This will solve the problem of the excess amount of angels and ghosts on Earth. Simple right?

Even if he can manage this feat, he still may not live to tell the tale. Cas has been lacking his grace since Metatron stole it in the Season 8 finale. Apparently when angels use another angel’s grace, you’ll slowly die. The only options he has is to cooperate with Metatron in order to find his original grace, find his grace himself when he doesn’t know where to start looking, or to steal another angel’s grace again. If not, he may just die.

From what we know, that’s not going to be Castiel’s priority this season. His priority is fixing Metatron’s mess. Though, the probability that Castiel won’t get his grace back is very slim if you ask me. Killing Castiel off entirely is just not going to work. He’s the Winchesters’ link to heaven, and a bit too popular to just let go.

I’m not too sure on when in the season he’ll accomplish this, but I am going to say it happens this season. It’s possible that he just kills another angel and takes their grace to allow Cas to live longer, too. That would be a very interesting conflict of character in that case.

There will be song

The 200th episode is occurring early in the season. And it was already announced that the episode will be musical-ish. They say it’s basically going to be the Supernatural version of a musical. Plus, there will be appearances from almost every character from all 10 years of the season, which is interesting. They call it a love letter to the fans.

I think the musical concept is brilliant. I only recall 2 or 3 times I heard Sam and Dean sing. I can’t wait to see them have like some singing duel or something.

What gets me is the concept of every character from the show being in it. That’s not only a tall order, but difficult to pull off. I mean, most of the main-stays from seasons’ past are dead. So will the concept involve the ghosts of all those characters? Even that wouldn’t include everybody because angel and demon characters don’t become ghosts when they die. Maybe this episode will occur in one of the brother’s head.

The new character

Yes, a new character will be introduced this season. The only hint given was that this character was mentioned since the beginning, but never actually seen. They also give the detail that he or she will take an interest in Dean’s future.

Maybe I have too little recollection of Season 1, but it beats me. There’s no clear answer to this one to me. However, my guess: God.

Come on, it’s about time! We’ve been talking about a God cameo since Season 5. And I guess he’s been discussed multiple times even before Castiel was introduced, but the first time I heard them discuss God was in Season 2’s finale. Far fetched I know, but it could happen.

Another guess is Jesus, because he is also notably absent even in mentioning.


And those are my predictions for Supernatural’s 10th season. Let me know in the comments if you agree or not, or if you have you’re own thoughts on what can happen in the show.

Supernatural come back on Tuesday, October 7.

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Update (8/18/14): New post schedule,

Greetings peeps!

I’m a day late for this, but it’s time for our weekly update. This may be a bit quick.

First off, today begins a new schedule for the blog. I from this point forward will be posting at a less frequent pace. There will for the next few months be a minimum of 1 post per week, instead of the previous minimum of 3. This is due to schooling beginning today. Apologies for the inconvenience but this is something I have to do.

Second, I do aplogize for the abrupt silence last week. Fortunately, I got my minimum amount posted. That whole inactivity thing was not planned. I was away at the time and ended up working on this one post the entirety of that time.

I will be posting the now finished post on Supernatural tomorrow. I am also working on the Guardians of the Galaxy review that will hopefully come at the end of the week. From there, I’ll improvise.

That’s all I have today. Thank you for your continued support and I hope you bare with me for this period of time. I’m not going anywhere, I promise.

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My Quick Thoughts on Super Smash Bros “Pic of the Day” (8/11/14)

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As many of you know, Super Smash Bros creator, Masahiro Sakurai, regularly posts screenshots from the upcoming game on various social media outlets, Miiverse, and the official Smash Bros website. These usually confirm or explain information of stages, fighters, items, and trophies. Today’s pic is particularly interesting.

This image cam with a caption that goes as follows:

“Hello! I’m Samus, the intergalactic bounty hunter!” “And I am Meta Knight, joining the battle!!”

This picture obviously shows off the ability for Mii fighters to sport customizable outfits n battle. I do like the designs of the costumes and they look jarring enough to not get confused for the actual fighters.

But that’s not what you’re interested in hearing, right? You’re all looking at the same thing I’m looking at: Meta Knight has a costume, and he’s “joining the battle”. Does this mean he’s back?

I’m going to go with the more optimistic “yes”. I explained in my Smash Bros character probability post that Meta Knight is among the most likely Brawl newcomers to get in the game. He’s probably one of the most popular Brawl newcomers anyway. And Kirby is Sakurai’s franchise to begin with, so representation of his franchise is to be expected. This pic is indeed a soft confirmation that he is coming back. Why so cryptic then? Well, hype can be a main cause. To outright say that Meta Knight is in the game wouldn’t be nearly as exciting as a nudge that turns out to be right.

However there is one more aspect to this image I want to touch on that no one else really is: Samus. Why is she in the picture? It probably means nothing and I’m being a little too analytic, but I think there’s something more to this inclusion. Maybe this is a subtle hint that a new Metroid character is coming. It’s not too hard to believe when you consider the tease made back in April involving Ridley. Maybe this is foreshadowing.

If it is, it’s about time we get some answers to that, because that’s caused a huge ruckus lately.

Anyway, that’s all I have to say. Let me know if you agree with anything I said. And most importantly, do you think Meta Knight is back?

I’m SBox180. Thanks for reading!

SBox Soapbox: Should the Rugrats Come Back?

My older sister and little brother have been recording and watching a couple of TV shows that air on TeeNick’s “The 90’s Are All That” block, and one of them is Rugrats. Seeing the Rugrats again in my current age is always a lot of fun. It takes me back so far I get flashbacks of crawling on the floor. What a show that was! I don’t think there exists a soul on the planet who watched this show and hated it, especially if you’re a 90’s-born. It’s one of the most likable shows ever made, and one of the best cartoons in my personal opinion.

This got me to thinking about how awesome it would be to have this show on today. I started thinking about if it could work today, if there is reason to do so, and how would a show like this come back. A quick search on the Internet shows that there seems to be a demand for and rumors of this comeback.

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